Texas Republicans lose 3 Major Donors in 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The deaths this year of three major Texas Republican donors, including a billionaire who died over the weekend, could signal a generational change for party kingmakers in the nation’s largest GOP stronghold. Harold Simmons, whose business interests ranged from energy to nuclear waste dumps, helped transform Texas from a Democrat-controlled state […]

2014 promises political change in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Elections and court rulings could bring tremendous changes to Texas in 2014, reshaping the political landscape for the first time in more than a decade. Texans will choose a new governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner. The only question for voters is whether to hand out […]

Texas Democrats Offering Stark Contrast

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas voters won’t have a hard time telling the difference between the Republican and Democratic candidates next year. With the addition of San Antonio Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, attorney Sam Houston and party activist Steve Brown last week, the Democratic slate offers a vivid contrast to the Republican ticket, both […]

Immigration is the issue that can cut both ways

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Immigration policy, something that Texas politicians have little control over, is shaping up as one of the major issues of the 2014 election cycle in Texas. Republican operatives say the issue is the most important to their primary voters. That’s probably why Houston Sen. Dan Patrick made it the center piece […]

Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis Accuse Each Other of Extremism

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The two front-runners in the race for Texas governor have both announced their candidacies, and they share one common strategy: painting the other as a political extremist. Republican Greg Abbott says Democrat Wendy Davis will push an extreme liberal agenda. Davis counters that Abbott and his tea party allies will bring […]

Democrat Wendy Davis Running for Texas Governor

HALTOM CITY, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis promised a more populist and bipartisan state government in Texas as she declared her long-anticipated candidacy for governor Thursday, but she didn’t mention abortion rights, the subject that brought her to national attention. Speaking before a hometown crowd where she received her high school diploma, the Fort […]

Wendy Davis Signals She Will Run for Governor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democrat who filibustered an abortion law for nearly 13 hours wearing pink running shoes, began the slow rollout of her campaign for Texas governor on Wednesday with an email asking supporters to spread the word and donate money ahead of a “what’s next” announcement. The Fort Worth […]

Court: Texas Can Use Existing Election Maps in 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal court said Friday it will not delay Texas’ primary elections and ordered the state to use political maps drawn by the Legislature — but only temporarily, while the judges sort out a complex and possibly precedent-setting lawsuit. The three-judge panel in San Antonio gave both sides in the lawsuit […]

Department of Justice Sues Texas over Vover ID Law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department sued Texas on Thursday over the state’s voter ID law and will seek to intervene in a lawsuit over its redistricting laws that minority groups complain are discriminatory, but Texas Republicans insist are designed to protect the state’s elections from fraud. Attorney General Eric Holder said the action […]

Police: Lt. Gov. Dewhurst tried to arrange release of niece jailed on shoplifting count

AUSTIN (AP) _ Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told police in a Dallas suburb that his niece’s jailing was the kind of thing that gives law enforcement a bad name, but whether he was being a caring relative or misusing his authority became the main question Thursday in his re-election bid. The Dewhurst campaign did not […]